Worship through the year
Our observance of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday services held in the community.
Throughout the season, a large cross draped in purple stands front and center in our sanctuary to remind us that this is a season for prayerful self-examination as we consider what it means for us to pick up our cross and follow Christ.
Each year, one of the churches in the Frostburg Ministerium hosts simple suppers on subsequent Wednesdays throughout Lent. These are followed each week by a worship service, led by one of the pastors of the ministerium.
On Palm Sunday, worship at Frostburg Presbyterian traditionally begins with the singing of The Palms as we wave our palm branches. By the end of the service, the joy and praise is muted by the awareness of what is to come.
Several of the ministerium churches have their own Maundy Thursday traditions. We usually join with one of them to mark the holy night together with communion.
The community comes together again on Good Friday. One of the ministerium's churches hosts the service and the pastor from another will preach, but leadership of the service will be shared by all.
All shadows flee away on Easter Sunday! Flowers are hung on the cross, now draped in white. Easter lilies testify to the resurrection. Excitement fills the air as the church as the sanctuary rings with jubilant cries of "Alleluia!" and we greet one another with "Christ is risen!" and rejoice to hear "He is risen, indeed!"
Advent & Christmas
The weather is cold, but the mood of the church is warmer than ever during Advent. A quietly decorated tree stands in front, greens hanging all around, and a nativity waits the arrival of the baby Jesus. The lighting of the Advent wreath marks our journey toward the day we will celebrate his coming.
Christmas Eve finally arrives to a service that combines the glory of the angels, the excitement of the shepherds, the adoration of the magi, the love of Mary and Joseph, and the wonder of a tiny baby, Emmanuel - God with us, the Word of God in human form. Our family service is designed to hold all of that in a form that is friendly to children, who play a very special role in the service.